Exports and Smaller Metropolitan Areas: Recent Evidence and Future Considerations for Economic Evolution

Authors: Ronald Kalafsky*, University of Tennessee
Topics: Economic Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: Exports, manufacturing, economic geography
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Estherwood, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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Urban regions have long benefited from producing for extra-regional and/or international markets. In many advanced market economies, these often took the form of goods exports. However, many urban areas now benefit from the exports of services, especially in the form of advanced producer services. At the same time, some metropolitan regions, especially smaller urban areas, still have a relatively large percentage of exports derived from industrial products. This paper examines export dynamics of the smaller metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) within the United States, including differences in export intensities (compared with larger MSAs), regional export trends, composition, and relationships with other economic variables. The fact that many smaller US metropolitan areas still have comparatively high percentages of exports derived from goods raises questions about economic development policies, long-term growth, and economic evolution.

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